Toxic Treasure Coast water: Possible Lake Okeechobee discharges bring protests

STUART, Fla. - People are gathered Thursday morning at the St. Lucie Locks in Stuart to protest against possible water releases from Lake Okeechobee.

The protesters are from several community groups calling for the water to be discharged away from the Treasure Coast.

The Army Corps of Engineers said Thursday morning it hasn't decided yet on whether it will release water from the lake.

With water levels rising and more rain on the way, engineers are concerned about the dykes that surround Lake Okeechobee.

Previous water discharges have been blamed for poisoning Treasure Coast waterways by bringing in toxins it picks up along the way to the ocean.

Along with the decision to potentially release the water, the Army Corps of Engineers said no decision has been made on where the water would be released too or how much of it would be released.

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